• Short Summary

    This year for the first time in motoring history, during the forthcoming Sebring 12-hour Handicap car race, Florida, USA, electronic timing and on electronic computer will keep drivers spectators up-to-date positions throughout the race.

  • Description


    CU Sign



    GV Cars on track during pre-race trails



    CU USA drivers John Fitch and Briggs Cunningham



    GV Cars racing



    GV Electronics timing device



    LS Data processing centre



    MS Transceiver and punch cards



    GV Console operation and computer at work



    LS Air conditioning van.



    GV of speed trials.




    Initials


    SPORT: MOTOR RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: This year for the first time in motoring history, during the forthcoming Sebring 12-hour Handicap car race, Florida, USA, electronic timing and on electronic computer will keep drivers spectators up-to-date positions throughout the race.

    This rapid minute-by-minute information system has been made possible by I.B.M RAMAC 305 data processing system - the same as used at this year's Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley, and which made scoring of the 1960 Winter Games the fastest in Olympic history.

    Drivers' competitive standings, including Handicap positions, will be computed and printed every half-hour, thus supplying almost continuous records of the race. Information which formerly took hours to compute is now available in minutes.

    Thus, drivers can make more positive behind-the-wheeled decisions on what they must do to stay in the running - balancing their standings against tyre wear, mechanical strain and other factors.

    Timing devices feed back details of cars to the trackside computer centre, which, by virtue of a mobile air conditioner van will have the controlled atmosphere of a city office.

    The RAMAC computer is an electronic memory which can store up to five million characters of information on magnetic discs and retrieve any in less than a second.

    So the speed at Sebring won't be all on the track.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC3IIPYJ7Q0NYC62XWMSC840QT
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3IIPYJ7Q0NYC62XWMSC840QT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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